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Grace, Kindness, and God's Word Translation

a reappraisal in light of Philip Melanchthon

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Recently I wrote on the topic of justification and the choice of the translators of God's Word Translation to translate the Greek word dikaioo as 'approval' instead of the traditional 'justify.' As mentioned there, years ago when I first did an in-depth review of the translation I was put off by choice of . . .

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Posted in: theology

March 28, 2019

reflection for the Third Sunday in Lent

"I Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit [and] born of the Virgin Mary." We confessed that truth two Sundays ago as part of the Apostles' Creed. As soon as the birth of Jesus happened in history over 2,000 years ago, the Devil and his demons have been on the attack. Satan tried . . .

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Posted in: lentreflections

March 25, 2019

unprofitable, dangerous, vain, and doubting...

thoughts on prayer, social media, and the news cycle

Today's prayer of the day in the prayer book For All the Saints comes from Samuel Johnson, an 18th century Anglican. I find it especially fitting for Lent, in general, and the perpetual chatter of today's news and social media, in particular:

O Lord, my Maker and Protector...while it shall please Thee to continue me in . . .

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March 18, 2019

reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent

Let me start today by listing a few folks to get you thinking about Lent--Hulk Hogan, The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Jesse Ventura, Ric Flair, and "The Hustler" Rip Rogers. No doubt you've heard of all these guys who were all professional wrestlers. OK, maybe you haven't heard of the last one, but he's a . . .

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Posted in: lentreflections

March 17, 2019

Caesarius of Arles on Lenten reading

theology quote of the week

Let it not be enough for you that you hear the divine lessons in church, but read them yourselves at home or look for others to read them and willingly listen to them when they do. Although through the mercy of God you frequently and devoutly hear the diving lessons throughout the entire year, still during these days we ought to rest . . .

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Posted in: lentquotes

March 15, 2019

lection reflection (12 March 2019)

reading the bible daily with the church

Deuteronomy 9.1-12

In today's passage, Moses reminds the children of Israel to be humble and recognize that God's blessing of the Promised Land is not a result of anything they have done but is solely by grace. He explicitly tells them, "You are not going to take possession of their land because of your righteousness or . . .

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March 12, 2019

reflection for the First Sunday in Lent

How is your Lenten journey going so far? I hope you have decided to make this a season of intentionally drawing closer to Christ as we prepare to remember his Passion and celebrate his Resurrection. Encourage each other as you seek Christ this week!

The traditional readings for this First Sunday in Lent find us contrasting Adam in . . .

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Posted in: lenttheology

March 10, 2019